Styling Products -Giovanni - Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged
tokyorosa 6/29/2012 7:52:00 AM
I bought this product at my beloved local hippie-dippy organic co-op for about $10 (about twice what I usually pay for mousse), thinking that I would try more "natural" products on my hair. I don't use it for volume (nothing but nothing gives volume to my pin-straight, very fine, extremely long hair) but to control fly-aways when I pull my hair into a bun or ponytail. For that purpose, it works really well. It doesn't work as well as the heavy-duty mousses that practically lacquer your hair into a kind of crunchy helmet, of course, but the hold is adequate for my purposes. It also leaves my hair shiny, which I like. Unfortunately, I suspect (after three weeks of use) that this product may causing my scalp to break out! I will likely finish the bottle (too expensive not to!) but I won't repurchase.
My hair is very long, thin-medium thickness, and stick straight. Because I live in a very dry climate, I don't use shampoo everyday, but I do condition every day. I had been using Pantene and Suave's Paul Mitchell knock-off in the shower followed by John Masters detangling conditioner as a leave-in, but I wanted to try something better. I found the Redken All Soft line at Target. The treatment was around $18 (expensive!), but I picked it up as a treat. I have to say: This is awesome stuff. I use it as regular conditioner (that is, every single day). I wet my hair and apply a handful of the Redkin and leave it in while I shower (5-10 minutes). The first time I used it, I skipped my leave-in detangler (just to see the effect of the Redkin) and it was terrific. I haven't used my detangler since! I also noticed one thing that thrilled me: I am losing a lot less hair when combing since I stopped using the Pantene and Suave. My hairdresser told me that Pantene causes hair loss in some people and to stop using it, but I was skeptical. Turns out he was right.
Concealers -Sonia Kashuk - Hidden Agenda Concealer Kit
tokyorosa 11/25/2011 7:40:00 AM
I have dry skin with patches of redness and usually some small blemishes but with little/no dark undereye circles. That said, I think this is a really, really good concealer. I use the medium (yellow-toned shade) and the greenish-tinted shade and only very rarely the powder (though I don't wear powder usually) to set it. I use a brush to apply (a small concealing brush from e.l.f. for pinpoint accuracy or, for larger areas, a Sigma eyeshadow blending blush). The product doesn't go on cakey and it lasts for several hours without oxidizing or fading. So why not give it five stars? Well, partly because I won't be able to use about 50% of the product (the darkest shade and most of the powder) which in my mind makes it about twice the price (since I'm going to toss out half the product), if that makes any sense!
Brows -Anastasia Of Beverly Hills - Anastasia Brow Powder
tokyorosa 11/25/2011 7:20:00 AM
This is absolutely HG for me, a top of the line product that does exactly what it's supposed to and looks great doing it. The colors are spot on (not too dark, absolutely no red tinge like some brown brow powders have). They go on easily and last all day. Yes, it's pricey, but it lasts forever. I would recommend this to everyone and I will definitely repurchase.
This is initially very moisturizing and I even like the (heavy, flowery, sweet) smell. But it wears off after about 20 minutes, leaving my lips dry and peeling (way more so than they were when I first put it on). It was cheap enough, though that I won't feel guilty throwing it out!
Eye Primer -Urban Decay - Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (UDPP)
tokyorosa 11/13/2011 10:12:00 PM
I have recently learned--the hard way, sadly--to avoid all primers including this one because I am prone to milia. Too bad I spent so much money on that lesson in the form of this product. So not worth it.
Blush -Physicians Formula - Happy Booster™ Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in rose
tokyorosa 11/6/2011 1:05:00 AM
The color was perfect, the packaging cute, the scent lovely. Everything was going well until the second time I wore it and it caused an allergic reaction. I turned beet red and puffy and had to take an antihistamine. Oh well. I wanted to love it.
I like the brush and the formula. I like the effect it has on my lashes. What I don't like is that this stuff is flaky as h*ll and irritates my eyes. (I don't have sensitive eyes at all, but this stuff makes them itchy and watery.) I won't repurchase.
Liquid -Cover Girl - CG Smoothers All Day Hydrating Makeup
tokyorosa 5/24/2011 8:25:00 AM
This is my current go-to foundation. I find that it has a texture and coverage similar to MAC face & body (but a tiny bit thicker and less runny--and unlike MAC f&b, it doesn't oxidize to a lovely orange shade, nor does it cause me to have massive breakouts). It's a very light coverage, but you can definitely build it up to a medium coverage if you like. I wear it without powder (my skin is very dry) but over a very thick moisturizer and it doesn't end up shiny/dewy at all on me. It evens out my ruddy cheeks without screaming FOUNDATION!!!! when I am done applying it. It's also cheap as chips, so I bought several shades and can mix them to suit as I pick up some color in the summer and pale out in the winter. I've purchased again and again.
I really, really like this stuff. It's perfect for a red lip that doesn't get messy under any circumstances (because this stuff doesn't budge once it's on!). It's also perfect for someone like me who doesn't like reapplying lip products. I would suggest exfoliating your lips before using--and definitely use an oil-based makeup remover (and even then, it'll take some work to remove it).
Thought this was the answer to all my brow problems, but this stuff stinks. Literally, it stinks; It has some awful perfume-y stink to it. Worse, I had a lovely allergic reaction to the stuff and my face swelled up and turned red and splotchy. It's probably fine if you don't have sensitive skin or fragrance allergies. Otherwise, stay far away from this.
I bought this is aqua and green and they are awesome! They are very smooth and very pigmented--lots of payoff. What you see is what you get! I picked them up at Target for about $4.50 each and I can't wait to go back and get the other colors.
Eye Shadow -Maybelline - Eye Studio™ Color Plush™ Silk Eyeshadow
tokyorosa 3/9/2010 6:05:00 PM
I picked up the "Irresistibly Ivy" quad at Target for about $7. I don't know where the quad's name comes from because there is no green or ivy shade. The closest to green is the turquoise shade that is nestled between the dark and light shimmery bronze colors. The quad also comes with a nice champagne color. Unfortunately, all of it is shimmer city, fine for a night out but definitely not for everyday. The quality of the shadow is good for a drugstore brand, very soft and highly pigmented. I'd recommend it with the caveat that it is pure shimmer. (Elsewhere online this quad has been compared to the UD Get Baked palette, so that might be another reason to recommend it to some!)
Eye Shadow -Revlon - Colorstay 12-Hour Eyeshadow -General
tokyorosa 2/22/2010 4:30:00 PM
I purchased two of these palettes (blushed wine and sultry smokes) because the colors are so beautiful and the promise of long-lasting shadow is so tempting! Swatched on my arm, the shadow from both palettes had a terrific texture and nice payoff. Unfortunately the shadow seriously irritated my eyes, turning them red and making them feel tired and dried out. I don't think beautiful shadow and bloodshot eyes go together, so I'm tossing these.
Misc Beauty Tools -Caboodles - 3 tier black train case
tokyorosa 2/22/2010 4:21:00 PM
Picked up the black, pleather-covered case on clearance at Target for $20, which is about eight dollars more than it's worth, but I needed makeup storage and I don't like plastic storage containers. Honestly, this train case is a step up from a cardboard shoe box, but only just, you know? I am by no means a serious makeup collector, my collection is miserly by MUA standards, and this case holds my minimal collection. Though there's not a lot of room to spare. For serious MU collectors, I'd suggest skipping this and splashing out for a decent train case. For newbies and non-serious MU collectors, this would suffice.